May 16, 2020

42Q launches industry's first cloud-based MES solution

42Q
MES
Cloud Solutions
IT
Nell Walker
2 min
42Q launches industry's first cloud-based manufacturing execution system solution
Cloud manufacturing execution system (MES) provider,42Q, has announced the immediate availability of the first, fully cloud-based MES solution that offe...

Cloud manufacturing execution system (MES) provider, 42Q, has announced the immediate availability of the first, fully cloud-based MES solution that offers advantages in speed of deployment, operational agility, and low total cost of ownership.

Higher expectations from customers demanding flexibility and product delivery are significant factors leading manufacturers to adopt smart manufacturing solutions. At the same time, the increasing maturity of cloud services provides an opportunity for leading businesses to leverage their transformative potential. Developed with the latest technologies and vast expertise in manufacturing, the 42Q solution is relied upon by more than 30 of the largest technology companies in the Fortune 500. 42Q has deployed today in 15 countries.

Key features of 42Q include:

  • Cloud Solution – As a cloud solution, setup and management of 42Q does not require a team of IT personnel as software or server hardware is not needed. Businesses simply log-in, configure, and use their new, cloud-based MES solution.
  • Speed - 42Q has robust and proven functionality ready to deploy immediately. Tracking, serialization, routing, work instructions and paperless travelers can be configured and used the same day.
  • On-demand Pricing – 42Q’s pay-per-use subscription model gives businesses the flexibility to pay for what they need, when they need it.

 

Bob Eulau, CEO of 42Q, said: “Companies are ready to leverage cloud-based MES solutions. On premises servers and software are no longer the best solution for today’s smart factories. At 42Q, we deliver cloud-based MES solutions that are easy-to-implement, flexible, scalable and cost effective."

Srivats Ramaswami, CTO of 42Q, added: “With this offering, we provide manufacturers with the first, fully featured, cloud-based MES solution that is different from anything the industry has seen. Whether you have a large, multi-factory global operation, or a single production line, we can help your business get the most from your manufacturing process in just weeks."

 

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May 12, 2021

Ultium Cells LLC/Li-Cycle: Sustainable Battery Manufacturing

SustainableManufacturing
BatteryCell
EVs
Automotive
2 min
Ultium Cells LLC and Li-Cycle join forces to expand recycling in North America, recycling up to 100% of the scrap materials in battery cell manufacturing

Ultium Cells LLC - a joint venture between General Motors and LG Energy Solutions - has announced its latest collaboration with Li-Cycle. Joining forces the two have set ambitions to expand recycling in North America, recycling up to 100% of the scrap materials in battery cell manufacturing

 

What is Ultium Cells LLC?

Announcing their partnership in December 2019, General Motors (GM) and LG Energy Solutions established Ultium Cells LLC with a mission to “ensure excellence of Battery Cell Manufacturing through implementation of best practices from each company to contribute [to the] expansion of a Zero Emission propulsion on a global scale.”

Who is Li-Cycle?

Founded in 2016, Li-Cycle leverages innovative solutions to address emerging and urgent challenges around the world.

As the use of Lithium-ion rechargeable batteries in automotive, industrial energy storage, and consumer electronic applications rises, Li-Cycle believes that “the world needs improved technology and supply chain innovations to better recycle these batteries, while also meeting the rapidly growing demand for critical and scarce battery-grade materials.”

Why are Ultium Cells LLC and Li-Cycle join forces?

By joining forces to expand the recycling of scrap materials in battery cell manufacturing in North America, the new recycling process will allow Ultium Cells LLC to recycle cobalt, nickel, lithium, graphite, copper, manganese and aluminum.

“95% of these materials can be used in the production of new batteries or for adjacent industries,” says GM, who explains that the new hydrometallurgical process emits 30% less greenhouse gases (GHGs) than traditional processes, minimising the environmental impact. Use of this process will begin later in the year (2021).

"Our combined efforts with Ultium Cells will be instrumental in redirecting battery manufacturing scrap from landfills and returning a substantial amount of valuable battery-grade materials back into the battery supply chain. This partnership is a critical step forward in advancing our proven lithium-ion resource recovery technology as a more sustainable alternative to mining, " said Ajay Kochhar, President, CEO and co-founder of Li-Cycle.

"GM's zero-waste initiative aims to divert more than 90% of its manufacturing waste from landfills and incineration globally by 2025. Now, we're going to work closely with Ultium Cells and Li-Cycle to help the industry get even better use out of the materials,” added Ken Morris, Vice President of Electric and Autonomous Vehicles, GM.

Since 2013, GM has recycled or reused 100% of the battery packs it has received from customers, with most current GM EVs repaired with refurbished packs.

"We strive to make more with less waste and energy expended. This is a crucial step in improving the sustainability of our components and manufacturing processes,” concluded Thomas Gallagher, Chief Operating Officer, Ultium Cells LLC.

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